When is it?     
Check-in: 3:00 pm on Wednesday June 14, 2017
Check out: 2:00 pm on Sunday June 18, 2017

Ages: 18 to 22, rising freshmen - rising seniors

Tuition: $400 - This tuition covers all food, lodging, supplies, and classes.

The Cageless Birds are excited to host a weekend specifically for youth who desire to chase after the heart of Jesus and discover His delight over them.  Get ready for a weekend full of creativity, friendship, worship, teaching and a whole lot of fun!  This weekend is a time for us to unpack what it means to be children of a loving God and discover the joy of being relentlessly loved by Him!  

Worship will be led by Joel Case, Molly Skaggs, Chris Miller and Phyllis Unkefer of the Cageless Birds. Guest speakers include JD Gravitt and Jessie Miller also of the Cageless Birds.

What to Expect:

  • experiencing community, and encountering the inexhaustible love of God
  • learning to hear the voice of the Lord
  • building inspiring, God-centered friendships with other youth your age
  • enjoying outdoor adventures
  • taking risks in creativity, in a safe and encouraging environment
  • exercising and exploring our identity as sons and daughters made in the image of a Creator
  • celebration and encouragement
  • sharing home cooked meals around the table
  • discovering Jesus inside one another
  • engaging times of worship and adoration in the presence of the Lord

We have experienced firsthand how powerfully the Father can meet our hearts in a simple week.  Each day's schedule is full and intentionally designed for us to pursue Jesus' heart together. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill youth camp.  This is five days carved out for you to fall deeper in love with Jesus, have a collision with your true identity in Him and experience amazing friendships!  You will receive deeply from both His presence and from the joy of engaging new friendships during the camp.

A Place for the Heart
4228 Beckerdite Rd. Sophia, NC 27350

The 18 Inch Journey College Camp is held on our beautiful 52 acres called A Place for the Heart.  This land is great for coming away from the noise of the world and hearing the voice of the Father. This is where we host the 18 Inch Journey and where the Cageless Birds live and work year-round.

You will be staying in great cabins and bunkhouses that hold many amazing memories from the 18 Inch Journey schools.  The cabins each have a ground floor and a loft with a bathroom located inside the cabin. Each cabin sleeps eight. The bunkhouses each have two rooms that sleep five per room, and there is a short walk to the bathroom. All linens, with the exception of towels, will be provided in your cabin or bunkhouse.

All students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the retreat.

We will be providing one complimentary shuttle service run for pick-up at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) on Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00pm, that will arrive at A Place for the Heart at 2:30pm.  We'll also provide one drop-off shuttle run on Sunday June 18 that will depart at 2:00pm and arrive at the airport at 2:45pm. 

If you would like to use our complimentary shuttle service, please plan your incoming and outgoing flights to fit within this window.

Application process:
It's our desire to get to know you a bit before your arrival with a short video application.  We realize that five days is a limited amount of time and we desire that you would step into family as soon as you arrive onto the land.  We want you to immediately feel loved and seen and the video application will help in this process.   

Upon being accepted you will receive an e-mail including the payment method, packing list for the week and parental release form. 

We are accepting the first 20 male and first 20 female applicants for consideration.
Applications are now available and will be open until the space is filled.
We have 32 spots available for this retreat.

Apply now:


You must be between 18 and 22 years old to apply

applications have closed for 2017

Cancellation by Registrant:
To reserve your spot for the College Retreat, we require a $75 non-refundable deposit within 10 days of your acceptance.  Full tuition are due by May 31. Your registration is not transferable to another event, date, or person.

Cancellation by the 18 Inch Journey Youth Camp:
If the event is made impossible by any act of God, war, earthquake, fire, strike, sickness, accident, epidemic, act of government, its agencies or officers, or any other legitimate cause beyond our control, we will cancel the event and will gladly refund you in full.

You can reach us at 18inchretreat@gmail.com with any questions about the camp, in the subject write "College Retreat".